After the Rocket Mortgage Classic won by Rickie Fowler, the PGA Tour heads to Silvis, Illinois, for the 2023 John Deere Classic. J.T Poston led from the beginning to the end of last year’s edition to become the first player to do so in 30 years and record his second PGA Tour title.

Poston hopes to defend the title and claim his third PGA Tour career win. However, considering his recent unimpressive form, he understands it will be a tall order. He hasn’t registered a T20 finish since March.

Players to watch

Golf fans know that anything can happen on the course. These are some of the most promising players on the 2023 John Deere Classic;

Denny McCarthy (14/1)

The ex-Virginia Cavalier is the favourite to win the 2023 John Deere Classic. McCarthy has finished T20 at three consecutive designated events, including a playoff loss to Viktor Hovland at the Memorial Tournament and Top7 at the Travelers Championship.

He had a T6 finish at the 2022 John Deere Classic, where he will be appearing for the fifth time, making him one of the strongest contenders.

One of the favourites for the John Deere Classic Denny McCarthy. Image showing him putting on the green

Russel Henley (14/1)

The former Georgia Bulldog is the co-favourite to win this year’s edition of John Deere Classic. Henley has enjoyed good form in recent outings. He has finished T20 in the last eight of the nine starts, including top-19 at the Travelers Championship.

Henley has played three times at the John Deere Classic, finishing no lower than T27, including a runner-up in 2019.

Cameron Young (14/)

The Wake Forest product is the highest-ranked player in the field at 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He will look for momentum at the TPC Deere Run after recording a poor run in the recent past, where he has finished below the top 30 in all the starts since the Masters. Young will debut at the John Deere Classic and hopes to do it with a win.

Adam Hadwin and Ludvig Aberg complete the list of top-5 favourites to win the 2023 John Deere Classic. Ludvig Aberg led in the stroke gained off the tee at the Weekend’s Rocket Mortgage Classics and has made the cut in all of his five PGA Tour starts this season. He is debuting at the John Deere Classics and a first T20 career finish.

Cameron Young on the green. He is a favourite for the John Deere Classic.

TPC Deere Run

The venue is a par-71 playing at 7,289 yards during this year’s John Deere Classic enabling golfers to play low on this field. D.A. Weibring designed TPC Deere Run in 1999 on a previously-Arabian horse farm plot. 

Over 40% of approach shots at this field have come within 150 yards at each of the last three editions of the John Deere Classics. The winning scores were under-21 in 2022 and under-19 in 2021 on this course, which is significantly elevated, unlike the last week’s Detroit Golf Club – Tour’s flattest course.

TPC Deere Run gold course home to the John Deere Clasic

2023 John Deere Classic odds and field

  • Denny McCarthy 14/1
  • Russell Henley 14/1
  • Cameron Young 14/1
  • Adam Hadwin 22/2
  • Ludvig Aberg 22/1
  • Taylor Moore 28/1
  • Adam Schenk 28/1
  • Keith Mitchell 28/1
  • Eric Cole 30/1
  • Emiliano Grillo 30/1
  • Chris Kirk 30/1
  • Alex Smalley 35/1
  • Byeong Hun An 35/1
  • Seamus Power 35/1
  • Stephan Jaeger 35/1
  • Patrick Rodgers 40/1
  • Taylor Montgomery 40/1
  • Nick Taylor 40/1
  • J.T. Poston 45/1
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout 50/1
  • Beau Hossler 50/1
  • Ryan Palmer 55/1
  • Matt Kuchar 55/1
  • K.H. Lee 55/1
  • Doug Ghim 60/1
  • Chez Reavie 60/1
  • Joseph Bramlett 60/1
  • Sepp Straka 60/1
  • Brendon Todd 65/1
  • Michael Kim 65/1
  • Lucas Glover 65/1
  • Dylan Wu 70/1
  • Adam Svensson 70/1
  • Mark Hubbard 70/1
  • Sam Stevens 75/1
  • Gordon Sargent 75/1
  • Nick Hardy 75/1
  • Luke List 80/1
  • Callum Tarren 80/1
  • Peter Kuest 80/1
  • Will Gordon 90/1
  • Sam Ryder 90/1
  • Nate Lashley 100/1
  • Justin Lower 100/1
  • Kevin Yu 100/1
  • Akshay Bhatia 100/1
  • David Lipsky 100/1
  • Garrick Higgo 100/1
  • Patton Kizzire 100/1
  • Ben Martin 100/1
  • S.H. Kim 100/1
  • Carson Young 100/1
  • Cameron Champ 100/1
  • Davis Thompson 100/1
  • Kevin Streelman 100/1
  • Chad Ramey 125/1
  • Zach Johnson 125/1
  • Matt NeSmith 125/1
  • Greyson Sigg 125/1
  • MJ Daffue 125/1
  • Chesson Hadley 125/1
  • Andrew Novak 150/1
  • Michael Thorbjornsen 150/1

Past winners of the John Deere Classic

2022J.T. Poston-22
2021Lucas Glover-19
2020No Tournament (COVID)N/A
2019Dylan Frittelli-21
2018Michael Kim-27
2017Bryson DeChambeau-18
2016Ryan Moore-22
2015Jordan Spieth-19
2014Zach Johnson-20
2013Jordan Spieth-19
2012Zach Johnson-20
2011Steve Stricker-22
2010Steve Stricker-26
2009Steve Stricker-20
2008Kenny Perry-16

Players will use John Deere Classic to prepare for the Genesis Scottish Open and the Open Championship in the next two weeks.

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